Desert Nuns
Radiant Bride of Christ

With high praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, we are happy to share with you that on December 12, 2016, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Sr. John-Mark Maria became a perpetually professed Poor Clare of Perpetual Adoration. Our much beloved Bishop Olmsted celebrated the Mass of Profession along with Bishop Nevares and over a dozen priest friends... [Read more...]

Laughter is the Best Medicine

Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly. -GK Chesterton Ever since I was a little girl (and my brother freed me from those cumbersome training wheels) I have always loved a nice long bike ride – the peace, quiet, wind in my hair (or now in my veil!) and the open road. I was probably about 8 years old when my parents gave me the green... [Read more...]

This, That, & the Other Thing

Things here at Our Lady of Solitude have been quite busy!  So this is a “catch-up” blog, reaching as far back as May!  My heavens! – where has the time gone?!?! May Crowning:  May Crowning is always such a beautiful day and this year was no exception.  Some of our local Tonopah children brought “flowers of the rarest and... [Read more...]

2 Peas in a Pod: St. Francis and Pope Francis

The message of Jesus is mercy.  For me, and I say this with humility, it is the Lord’s strongest message.” – Pope Francis In the life of St. Francis of Assisi, we see how the Mercy of God met him in his darkest hours.  Not only meeting him, but redeeming him, transforming him, filling him with hope and life.  And, from the grace... [Read more...]

“Gimme space!” vs. Making Space

Chiara and Enrico learned in a marvelous way how to make space for grace; and grace cannot wait to show us the marvels of what it can do.” Usually when I read a book, I plow through it, all the while writing down tons of quotes and putting sticky notes everywhere!  But this was not the case with Chiara Corbella Petrillo, A Witness to Joy.  I... [Read more...]

I LOVE THE LITURGICAL YEAR

Today, September 29th, begins 10 consecutive days of AWESOME Feast Days – these happen to be some of my favorite 10 days of the entire liturgical year: Sept. 29th – Feast of the Archangels Sept. 30th – Memorial of St. Jerome AND the Anniversary of the death of St. Therese Oct. 1st – Memorial of St. Therese Oct. 2nd – Memorial... [Read more...]

Missionary of Mercy and Encounter

We are celebrating the feast of the apostle and evangelist Saint Matthew.  We are celebrating the story of a conversion.  Matthew himself, in his Gospel, tell us what it was like, this encounter which changed his life.  He shows us an “exchange of glances” capable of changing history. – Pope Francis, Sept 21, 2015 The Sisters and I have... [Read more...]

Wounds of Christ

Today is the beautiful and moving Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis.  To be so surrendered to Our Crucified Love!  How much we learn from this meeting of Love with love. The perfect day to meditate on Galatians 2:20 “I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has... [Read more...]

Staying In Love – 20th Anniversary!

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, in FALLING IN LOVE in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks... [Read more...]

Put, Deepen, Nurture, Keep Safe

God of might, giver of every good gift, put into our hearts the love of your name, so that, by deepening our sense of reverence, you may nurture in us what is good and, by your watchful care, keep safe what you have nurtured. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and... [Read more...]

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